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18 November 2019

Our Incredible Life Paths: Andrea Messali (TBS 2008)

Senior Buyer- LVMH

 

Would you say a few words about yourself?

My name is Andréa. I’m 35 years old and work with LVMH, for the House of Guerlain.

Why did you choose Toulouse, and TBS, to study?

After I finished my prep classes in Nice, I visited all the business schools around France. The city of Toulouse, the ambiance while I did my orals, and the school’s reputation are the reasons I chose TBS.

Would you tell us about your time as a student at TBS? 

I did the Grande Ecole Program with a specialization in Supply Chain.

I also did a gap year to refine my professional goals.

Do you have any anecdotes from your graduating class to share? (Student associations, projects, professors…)

I was a member of the Le Petit Tou association, the city guide.  It let me try out lots of restaurants and, being a shopping addict, I combed the city looking for the best places.

 

 

Who are you today?

In what perspective did you enter the labor force after you got your degree? What were your motivations?

After my end-of-studies internship with Total, I immediately went to work at Nestlé as a Junior Packaging Buyer for several factories in Europe.

My goal was to work in purchasing, and build my career experience in a large company.

What is your current situation?

I’m still in the purchasing department, in charge of packaging purchases for Guerlain cosmetics.

Why did you choose this career, this job?

After working 10 years in purchasing, I still love my job.

The buyer has a central function within a company, in liaison with internal (marketing, supply, quality, finance) and external (suppliers) actors.

It’s a job that constantly demands performance; no two days are the same. As a buyer, you have to respond to the company's strategy, and bring innovation and solutions to both marketing and logistics issues.

Because the job requires a lot of travel, I take trips throughout Europe and see countries like India, China, and Russia.

At what moment did you know that this path was made for you?

My first purchasing class at TBS piqued my interest. I wanted to do a gap year to confirm that that was what I wanted to do.

How did you get to where you are today in your career?

Through my coursework, I learned how to work as part of a team - which is essential when you enter the working world.

 

 

What advice would you give to the alumni of TBS, whether students or graduates?

The network is more than important to evolve. It’s not enough to be good in your job, you have to know how to communicate and how to be proactive.


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